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Book Bites: Comics Mayhem!

Book BitseWhile not exactly a purely writer-y or literary kind of event, Comics Mayhem definitely made it as my literary event of the month for January.

For comic creators in Singapore
For comic creators in Singapore

Organized by Matchbox, the event came in two parts – a four-hour comic creation session (organized by JF Koh, the organizer of the 24-Hour Comics Day in Singapore) and the presentation at Lowercase, the main cafe in LaSalle.

I arrived around lunch, almost halfway through the four-hour comic session. Comic artist or not, you would have to admit that it was a really conducive area just to sit down and create. After a quick lunch with the Tiger, I joined him and ended up writing a paragraph or two in my work-in-progress.

(Note: Maybe LaSalle could partner with informal groups or associations who need space for their creative endeavours, it may help enhance the creative environment locally)

Lemongrab making a cameo.
Lemongrab making a cameo.
A conducive environment for creators alike
A conducive environment for creators alike

The presentation later was rather interesting, as we got to see other comic artists pitch their ideas and what they are working on. At the same time, we got to listen to a few other organizations and associations which aim to act as catalysts to put local work out there.

The waiting audience
The waiting audience
KC and her comic - Ashwin the Starfish
KC and her comic – Ashwin the Starfish
Krish and his pitch to create an informative comic
Krish and his pitch to create an informative comic
Ray Toh, graphic designer, comic artist, and owner of fantasticfox.org, a crowd-funding site for comic artists
Ray Toh, graphic designer, comic artist, and owner of fantasticfox.org, a crowd-funding site for comic artists
Yong Kai (Shenzo), creator of the deep, human condition comic, Machina, and co-founder of Storyzer.com
Yong Kai (Shenzo), creator of the deep, human condition comic, Machina, and co-founder of Storyzer.com
Eva from evacomics giving some tips on social media marketing
Eva from evacomics giving some tips on social media marketing
Wayne and Gene giving an impromptu presentation on what they are working on
Wayne and Gene giving an impromptu presentation on what they are working on
Spoils of the day - Ray Toh's art book and Matchbox's flyer
Spoils of the day – Ray Toh’s art book and Matchbox’s flyer
Many thanks to Zi Wei and the Matchbox team for organizing this wonderful event!
Many thanks to Zi Wei and the Matchbox team for organizing this wonderful event!

What I liked about this was how it was casual and rather easy-going, especially when it came to networking – everyone was just there to share ideas and get tips on how to make better comics. To paraphrase Gene, it was just about making comics and having fun doing it.

To find out more about Matchbox and their upcoming events, click here.

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